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23. When did it first dawn on you that the divinities are real?
Oops! I knew there was a reason I was saving that story for later…
Well, here you go:
How Ember Became A Polytheist (And Eventually, Vanatru)
TL:DR: When I was a kid and a teenager I found mythology very compelling and felt that the Gods were more real than regular characters, very significant, had a sort of emotional-spiritual footprint. But I didn’t believe in Them as independent entities, per se.
Then in 2002 or so, at Hrafnar, a Gothi carrying Odin stared at me, hit me with the butt of His spear, and flipped a switch in my head. I freaked out and went flailing around for various reasons, only to settle most of a year later back with Hrafnar to study Freyja and trance techniques and the Runes and stuff.
Lon’s (much more amusing) answer: Frequent Maintainance Required